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Android™ Tablet Application Development For Dummies® by Donn Felker

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Chapter 4

Prepping Your Development Headquarters

In This Chapter

  • Becoming an Android application developer
  • Collecting your tools of the trade
  • Downloading and installing the Android SDK
  • Getting and configuring Eclipse
  • Working with the Android ADT

All of the basic building blocks you need to develop rich Android applications — the tools, the frameworks, and even the source code — are free. No, you don't get a free computer out of it, but you do get to set up your development environment and start developing applications for free, and you can't beat free. Well, maybe you can — such as someone paying you to write an Android application, but keep working at it and you'll get there soon enough.

In this chapter, I walk you through the steps to get and install the necessary tools and frameworks so that you can start building kick-butt Android applications.

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